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WSP partners for International Women in Engineering Day

WSP partners for International Women in Engineering Day

 June 09, 2022

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WSP is a Community Partner for International Women in Engineering Day (INWED).

INWED celebrates the amazing work that women engineers around the world are doing to support lives and livelihoods every day. It celebrates the best, brightest and bravest women in engineering - the inventors and innovators who dare to be part of the solution, and are helping to build towards a brighter future, and who will change the industry for the better.

INWED provides women engineers around the world with increased profile, as women engineers are still hugely under-represented in the profession. INWED plays a vital role in encouraging more young women and girls to take up engineering careers.

WSP recruits many talented women engineers

As one of the world’s leading engineering professional services consultancies, WSP brings clarity and vision to complex challenges. Its team of technical specialists and strategic advisers across the UK is part of a talented global family of expertise. Together, WSP ensures innovative solutions solve complex problems for its clients and the communities it serves, meeting both the needs of today and addressing the challenges of the future. And women engineers play a key role in this.

As the largest environmental consultancy in the UK, WSP takes pride in leading the way in collectively tackling the climate emergency. Working collaboratively with industry organisations, WSP co-founded Pledge to Net Zero that commits environmental services firms to science-based carbon targets and public reporting.

WSP is on course to become a net zero business by 2025, an achievement for which the company was named Global Good Company of the Year in 2019. WSP announced in October 2020 a commitment to halve the carbon footprint of all designs and advice provided to clients by 2030, a first in the engineering consultancy sector.

Celebrating the achievements of women engineers

WSP International Women in Engineering Day Community Partner

INWED began in the UK in 2014 as a national campaign from the Women’s Engineering Society (WES) and has grown enormously, receiving UNESCO patronage in 2016. INWED is celebrating its ninth year and figures show that 16.5 per cent of engineers are women.

In 2017, National Women in Engineering Day became international for the first time due to the interest and enthusiasm developed by the international audience and participants in the previous years. INWED was born to enable the celebration of women in engineering to become global.

Ensuring equality for women in engineering

WES is an English charity, founded in 1919 at the end of the First World War, when women who had been employed in technical fields found it difficult, if not impossible, to continue working as engineers. A change in the law to return women engineers to the home just as their sisters were admitted into the civil service and legal professions, led to the establishment of WES by pioneering and influential women.

WES has worked tirelessly for over a hundred years to ensure equality for women in engineering. Today the mission of WES is to support women in engineering to fulfil their potential and support the engineering industry to be inclusive. It is doing this by:

  • Women: supporting women to achieve their potential as engineers, applied scientists and leaders, and to reward excellence
  • Education: encouraging and promoting the education, study and application of engineering
  • Sustainability: Working with organisations and influencers to promote gender diversity and equality in the workplace and sustain the historic legacy and future effectiveness of WES

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